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Catholic diocese calls ‘foul’ over petition against bishop

Earlier this month we carried a report that said Catholic priests in Wisconsin were warned to be wary of conducting funerals for homosexuals who were known to be in a same-sex marriages or civil partnerships. Well, the shit’s hit the fan big time. According to this report,  an online petition is accusing Bishop Robert Morlino,  […]

Priest, 96, showed child porn to visitors to his retirement home

Retired New York priest, monsignor Harry Byrne, faces 54 charges of possessing photographs on his computer of girls eight to 14 old performing sex acts with men or posing naked, according Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark. The New York Daily News reported yesterday that, Byrne, who railed against the Catholic Church’s horrific mishandling of the paedophile […]

In Ireland fewer children are attending Catholic schools

Archbishop Eamon Martin , above, head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, has voiced concern at the ‘increasing numbers of Catholic children no longer attending Catholic schools’. According to this report, Martin said this presents “clear issues” for parents, families and parishes in ensuring that these children are receiving appropriate religious instruction and are being […]

‘Militant secularists are after our kids’ says US law professor

Conservative Catholic thinker and Princeton University law professor Robert George claimed in Washington on October 24 that, as societies throughout the world become increasingly secularised, some militant secularists will be not content with simply allowing people of faith to worship in their own homes and temples. According to this report, George, who had previously served […]

Priest’s guidelines on gay funerals branded ‘shameful’

The Vicar General of the Madison diocese in Wisconsin, Msgr James R Bartylla, above, recently issued an email communication called ‘Consideration of Funeral Rites for a Person in a Homosexual Civil or Notorious Union’ – and after it was leaked it caused outrage, and rightly so. The communication, according to Pray Tell, sets out guidelines […]

Catholic diocese won’t allow the word ‘rapist’ on tombstone

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet in Michigan has come into conflict with a man who wants the words ‘She supported priest rapist victims’ on the grave marker of his mother, Marguerite Ridgeway, above. Ridgeway was a fervent Catholic until her faith was shaken by revelations of sex abuse within the Catholic Church, and her […]

Catholics refused public funds for faith-based sex education

It has just come to light that Catholic school superintendents in Alberta, Canada – headed by Karl Germann, above – applied for  $66,005 of taxpayers’ money at the beginning of this year to develop a ‘parallel’ sex education curriculum that would reflect the Church’s views on sexuality. They were effectively told to get lost. According […]

World Meeting of Families slammed for welcoming gays

Ireland is to host the Catholic Church’s 2018 World Meeting of Families next August – but has already run into problems because the programme for the event makes clear that homosexual unions can legitimately recognised. The programme released under the oversight of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin even contains a cropped version of the Getty image […]

Australian voters give anti-gay marriage bigots a good kicking

Despite a determined push by Australia’s  anti-gay marriage lobby – and a whopping A$1 million (£593,000) injected by the Anglican Church into the ‘hysterical ‘No’ campaign – a new poll shows that ‘Yes’ voters are comfortably ahead. According to this report, a special Newspoll survey shows a massive 59 per cent of those who have […]

Jesuit priest slams church over canceled human rights festival

Rev James Martin, above, has waded into a row over the cancellation of a human rights arts festival that was to take place on yesterday (Sunday) at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in New York. The festival included a comedy improvisation, “Thank You for Coming Out”,  about revealing gay identity, and a series of original cabaret […]